When you look at our health as a nation, it may come as no surprise that many of the processed food additives we still use here in the US are considered dangerous, and are banned in many other countries. If you follow this blog and eat healthy (TRULY healthy) foods, as I do, you may not be eating a lot of these - but some are sneakier than you might think, and can pop up in foods that sound really good for you - like fish....

So check out these 10 banned foods, so you will know what to avoid next time you're shopping.  And remember, eat fresh, whole foods, eat local, eat organic, avoid processed foods, and you'll miss all the nastiness without even thinking about it!

Finding financial balance is a common topic on our website and blog, and for good reason. I don't think anyone today would disagree that our country's financial system is completely off balance - and that applies to the personal finances of most of its citizens as well. How did we get to this point? There are probably a lot more reasons than I could list here, but just a few include:

* Unbalanced spending
* Unbalanced lending
* Unbalanced borrowing
* Unbalanced financial world view favoring short-term "gains" over long-term stability
* Generally poor management of available resources

Obviously there are many more as well, but these are probably the biggest issues that would apply to both governments and individuals.

So what is the solution? Our modern money paradigm is obviously not serving us as well as we would have hoped. From major stock market losses, to virtually non-existent savings, to literally trillions of dollars worth of debt on student loans, credit cards, and more, as a country and as individuals, most of us are moving backwards financially.
Maybe it's time for a new (or rather very old) money paradigm. Maybe it's time to get back to basics.

As we discussed last week, dietary saturated fat actually has little influence on your blood cholesterol levels, and many researchers have shown this time and time again. As recent May 2013 article in Medscape journal stated, "the meager effect that saturated fats have on serum cholesterol levels, and the lack of any clear evidence that saturated fats promote any of the conditions attributed to them makes one wonder how saturated fats got such a bad reputation in the health literature."

The truth is coming out, and the truth is that fat was never the culprit in the diseases it has been condemned for causing. In fact, there are many positive health benefits to eating reasonable amounts of good fats.

But what are "good fats"?  How do you find them, and how do you tell if the ones you find are good or bad?  After all, there's nothing on the label that tells you if the fat is good or bad for you, is there?

Actually, there is. The way in which a fat is processed can tell you a lot about whether it is a healthy substance to consume, or an unhealthy one - devoid of nutrients, or even downright harmful.

One of the greatest (and possibly most dangerous) health myths out there has been a source of great confusion and frustration for many people over the past 60 years. People who subscribe to this myth in the interest of maintaining good health, have tried in good faith to follow the recommendations which somehow have now become "common knowledge," and have instead grown more and more unhealthy. Not only that, but they have sacrificed enjoyment of foods that were meant to be enjoyed, and now, all these years later, they are sicker than ever - is it any wonder why more and more people are seeking out information about nutrition and good health for themselves?

The Low-Fat Myth: